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FAMOUS SONGS
CHAPTER V
THE MISTLETOE BOUGH
THE sale of a chest in February, 1893, alleged to be associated with the stoiy of the " Mistletoe Bough" at Basketts-Fletchwood, naturally re-vived interest in the tragedy (or tragedies) upon which the song is founded, and which is said to have happened in so many families during the last century, and much speculation was rife. Some years ago several correspondents tried to thresh the subject out in the pages of " Notes and Queries," but only with partial success. Lieutenant-Colonel H. F. Greatwood, who has been kind enough to let me see a booklet on the subject, claims to have the identical chest at The Castle, Tiverton, North Devon, but I fear that such is not the case. This chest was for a number of years in the possession of the Cope family, of Bramshill, Hertford Bridge, Hamp-shire, and the late Sir William Cope wrote the booklet mentioned, giving many interesting par-77







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